The government wants to make the benefits system simpler. Only one claim will need to be made, and only one payment received. The payment will be monthly in arrears. Advice and support is available should you want advice on budgeting your money over the month.
When will this happen?
- April 2014: There are now 12 pathfinder sites using the scheme across England
- June 2014: 12 more sites will start using scheme in the North West of England
- 2015 - 2016: The scheme will be rolled out to all new claimants across the rest of England
Who will be affected?
Universal Credit will affect households of working age who claim in- work and out of work benefits, including Income Support, Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit.